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we won't complain. for all of us here, news continues with nightly news with lester holt. see you at 11:00. tonight, bill cosby ordered to stand trial on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman. what prosecutors are revealing. the head of security forced out as outrage grows over long lines and his big money bonus. a widely debunked conspiracy theory. trump attacks bill clinton's history with women, what we found in the archives. out of line. the va secretary compares veterans waiting for care to people waiting on line to disneyland. tonight, calls for him to resign. living with a mystery illness. not knowing what's wrong. tonight, celiac disease and the test
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that could change your life. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. for years, he made america laugh. whether has the jell-o pitchman or as the patriarch of the huxtable family. bill cosby's fall from grace among sexual allegations took a more serious turn today. cosby ordered to stand trial on criminal sexual assault charges. the comic icon facing the possibility of a ten-year prison sentence if convicted of a crime that allegedly occurred more than a decade ago. cosby's lawyers previewed just how they plan to discredit his accuser. nbc's stephanie gosk reports from the courthouse in pennsylvania. >> reporter: once america's dad, now turned defendant. bill cosby needed assistance walking into court today. despite his lawyers' best efforts, the
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judge ruled there was enough evidence to go to trial. >> we're going to move forward on the case. look forward to getting a trial date. >> reporter: cosby is fighting criminal charges that he sexually assaulted andrea compton more than a decade ago in his pennsylvania home. in court, a former detective read a statement she gave police in 2005. detailing what she said happened the night of the alleged assault. cosby invited her over for dinner, according to the statement. offering her wine and unspecified pills. he urge ed me to take them. the pills made her dizzy. i got scared. i thought i was having a bad reaction to something. i had no strength in my legs. in compton's account, cosby started inappropriately touching her under her shirt and pants as she slipped in and out of consciousness. she told detectives when she came to, my bra was over my breasts, up by my neck. in a statement cosby gave to police in
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2005, that was referenced in court today, he admitted sexual contact occurred, but said it was consensual. today his defense attorney calls compton's story inconsistent and lacks credibility. >> the evidence presented today confirms william cosby is not guilty. >> reporter: it is the only criminal case against cosby. but there are multiple ongoing lawsuits. more than 55 women have come forward accusing cosby of sexual misconduct. cosby has repeatedly denied them all. some of those accusers could potentially be called to testify in the andrea compton case. >> this case could be won or lost based on whether other women are allowed to speak at this trial. >> reporter: heidi thomas could be one of them. >> this is our case. i don't get a chance to face him in court for me. so andrea compton is doing for all of us, myself included. >> reporter: andrea did not testify herself today.
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she will have to when this goes to trial. the judge set an arraignment date for july 20th and turned to cosby and said, good luck. >> stephanie gosk tonight. thank you. now to the big shakeup at the it, s a, just days before the memorial day kickoff to the summer travel season. the man in charge of airport security operations nationwide has been removed from his post. with the agency under fire with the long checkpoint lines. and his hefty bonus and why he was reassigned rather than being fired. tom costello has the story tonight. >> reporter: relieved of duty tonight, assistant tsa administrator, the man in charge of checkpoint security operations, who was also paid $90,000 in bonuses over 13 months. while tsa screeners failed multiple tests involving undercover agents who smuggled mock weapons through checkpoints. >> at the same time that the agency was failing its security tests. it makes no sense the
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guy still works at the tsa. we've got to figure out what his new job is. >> reporter: hogan has been reassigned, not fired. nbc news.com has obtained employment data from the office of personnel management. while 1,300 tsa employees are fired on average each year, often for criminal acts, only one executive was terminated between 2011 and 2015. tsa whistleblowers say the agency's problems run deep. >> we're mismanaging our resources. it's a lack of leadership, holding people accountable. we shattered trust between management and tsos. >> reporter: the chief admitted there have been failings at multiple levels. >> it's an institutional failure and not any one individual. >> reporter: cutting thousands of tsa screening positions, just before a record surge in passengers. leading to long lines and thousands of passengers missing
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their flights. >> i think it's ridiculous. >> it's unnecessary. >> reporter: the tsa leadership at chicago o'hare has been replaced after last week's two and three-hour lines. one of our teams went through today and found just a 20-minute wait. all of the major airlines are telling their customers, don't cut it short. if you go to the airport for a flight, get there two hours before a domestic flight, three hours before international. once the kids are out of school and vacation season begins, expect a big surge in holiday traffic. lester? >> tom. it's all about keeping us safe when we fly. on that subject, scary moments today at the nation's second largest airport. an inbound flight triggered a large scale heavily armed response by police and s.w.a.t. officers. military jets scrambled and some passengers left terrified. nbc's miguel almaguer has details. >> they received some type of threat --
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>> reporter: the american eagle regional debt taxied to the end of l.a.x. and was met by an armored vehicle and s.w.a.t. team. police methodically moving in. responding to a very specific threat. a caller saying two armed men were aboard. officers and a bomb-sniffing dog boarding the plane, passengers ordered to show their hands. the search took 20 minutes. >> and then on the chair, in the headrest in front of us. we couldn't move or touch anything. >> reporter: american eagle flight 5931 departed houston just after 7:00 a.m. with 71 people aboard, two f-16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane and its passengers. a small army waiting on the ground. >> when we got here, we saw the tire tracks. we thought it was something else. we didn't know. they said it was a bomb. >> a bomb threat. >> yeah. told us to sit still and put our hands up. >> reporter: with no
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explosives and no weapons found, passengers and baggage were rescreened and bused to a nearby terminal. finally the all-clear, after some very tense moments. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. the flying public growing anxious to know what brought down egyptair flight 804. was it an accident or terrorism. there are conflicting accounts of the plane's final moments. one member of the team examining the victims' remains, now reportedly said burns suggest an explosion occurred onboard. but egypt's forensic agency said that's false. the cause of the crash remains a frustrating mystery. comparing long wait times at veterans hospitals to standing in line at disneyland. now, amid calls for his resignation, robert mcdonald is expressing deep regrets. peter alexander has more on this for us. >> reporter: tonight the firestorm and the fallout.
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>> this is not make-believe. this is not disneyland. veterans have died waiting in line for their care. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan saying he was dumbfounded after va secretary mcdonald called it like waits to the theme parks. >> at disney do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? what's important? what's important is what's your satisfaction of the experience. >> reporter: mcdonald, a retired proctor oin gamble ceo tried to walk back his comments. >> if i said the wrong thing, i'm glad that i've corrected it. i'm focused on one thing, and that's better care for veterans. >> reporter: roy blunt demanding mcdonald's resignation. tammy duckworth calling the comments tone deaf. >> i just thought, what a stupid thing to say. >> reporter: in the wake of the va scandal two years ago -- >> delayed care is denied care. and it's just not
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fair. >> reporter: the agency says its wait times have improved in many places. still, despite the va's hiring thousands more doctors and nurses, this recent government watchdog report criticizes the agency for its piecemeal approach, insisting veterans may continue delays in accessing care. mcdonald releasing this statement expressing deep regret for his comments. but for many veterans, frustration remains. >> i feel like i was treated like we're just expendable. >> reporter: a renewed fight for those depending on the va. peter alexander, nbc news, washington. tonight donald trump, the presumptive republican nominee for president, is drudging up a false conspiracy theory about the death of a close friend of bill and hillary clinton. foster committed suicide in 1993, yet for years rumors per sit on the fringes that maybe he was murdered. multiple investigations have found that's not true. but that didn't stop trump from insisting there's something fishy about it. here's nbc's andrea
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mitchell. >> reporter: tonight hillary clinton with a new video accusing donald trump of wanting to profit from the housing collapse. >> if there is a bubble burst as they call it, you know, you can make a lot of money. >> he thought he could take advantage of it to make some money for himself. >> reporter: trump once again taking more personal shots, bringing up old conspiracy theories about the death of vince foster, telling the "washington post," he knew everything that was going on, and then all of a sudden he committed suicide. trump calling his death very fishy. an independent counsel's investigation ruled foster's death was a suicide. bill clinton on friday. >> you think the stuff i said about her is bad? they accuse me of murder. >> reporter: trump taking shots are kousht punches. >> i don't like doing that. but i have no choice. >> reporter: it's all very different from what he was saying back in the '90s, attacking bill
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clinton's accusers. >> can you imagine how controversial that would be? think about him with the women. how about me with the women? >> reporter: and the vince foster conspiracy theory is just trump's latest, including the obama birther controversy. >> i was born in hawaii. >> i thought he was born in this country. right now i have real doutsd. >> reporter: clinton refusing to respond to trump's new attacks. >> trump is a human wrecking ball. he's going to hurt himself with some voters for sure. he's also going to hurt hillary clinton. both of these candidates know this is going to be a slugfest. >> reporter: a risky strategy for two historically unpopular candidates. our new online poll showing 6 in 10 americans dislike both. tonight trump responding to that clinton attack about the housing collapse saying, he knows how to make a lot of money by making good situations out of bad situations. lester? >> andrea mitchell in california this evening, thank you. a new warning from a top cdc official. there could be
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thousands more zika cases in the u.s. than the 544 already reported. because most people with the virus don't show symptoms. still, as we've been reporting, the risk of contracting it can be high. so with summer approaching, what's the best defense against zika-carrying mosquito mosquitoes? >> reporter: factories that make mosquito repellant are in overdrive tonight. even before summer begins. none more concerned about zika and potential birth defects than pregnant women, like alana. >> i try to make sure i don't use a mosquito repellant that has a lot of chemicals in it. >> reporter: while avoiding chemicals is a good idea, new tects by "consumer reports" shows one natural product was the top three against mosquitoes. the other products don't last as long. >> people tend to think the natural products are safer. but the three ingredients that we found to be effective,
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deet, pacardin and eucalyptus. they're safe for everybody. for children, for pregnant women, for everyone. >> reporter: concentrations matter. for instance, with deet, "consumer reports" recommends 15% to 30%. top medical groups agree the chemicals are safe. "consumer reports" says sprays are better than lotions, and no need to oversaturate. the spray lasts up to seven hours. and in some cases, spray over your clothes, so mosquitoes can't bite through. >> we still can't counsel a patient with complete precision about what are her risks if she gets bitten. >> reporter: doctors say bug spray now a crucial part of prenatal care. kerry sanders, nbc news, miami. still ahead, the silent illness that's missed or misdiagnosed 80% of the time. 80%. celiac disease can
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she met someone whose symptoms weren't so typical. >> i had malnutrition, headaches, extreme fatigue. >> reporter: and children with celiac can suffer stunted growth. so, who should be tested for celiac? besides those with a family history? people with other autoimmune disorders like type 1 diabetes. and those with symptoms including unexplained fatigue, weight loss, weak bones, depression and infertility. then a blood test and endoscopies. you have to keep eating gluten. the only cure is getting rid of gluten completely. these days, not so hard. it tastes like -- better, honestly. morgan radford, nbc news, new york. coming up next, the music legend hitting a major many people clean their dentures with toothpaste or plain water. and even though their dentures look clean, in reality they're not. if a denture were to be put under a microscope, we can see all the bacteria that still exists on the denture,
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new idea there is inspiring america. >> reporter: it used to be if you wore a pair of white athletic socks, they were probably made here, in ft. payne, alabama. >> we were producing back in those days, 15,000 to 20,000 pairs of socks a week. >> reporter: and that's what terry locklear's company was making. they had 120 sock mills. half the town worked in one. ten years ago it all crashed. a combination of free trade agreements and cheap labor, driving the business to china and central america. >> a pair of socks would cost them a quarter. for us, it would be $1. we couldn't match that. >> reporter: their mill in the town were hanging by a thread. that's when locklear's daughter, gina, came to him with a technic color idea. >> i really wanted to do something to create awareness about what had happened in our town. but also for manufacturers across the u.s. >> reporter: her proposal? start making high-end organic socks, the
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kind that sell for $14 a pair. what did he say? >> he said, um, no. >> reporter: but gina per veiled. machines that once made plain white socks now spit out colorful organic designs. in the past few years her brands have caught the eye of top fashion labels. and even martha stewart. are you making some money? >> yes, a little. we are, yes. >> socks! a feeling of satisfaction. >> exactly. >> reporter: even more satisfying? putting 25 people back to work. nearly twice that during the busy season. hughs started in the mill when he was just 14. >> in gina's mind, she had a dream. and it's come true. and it's fantastic. >> reporter: and what about her once skeptical dad? do you wear the socks? >> i do. >> you got them on? >> i do.
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>> reporter: those socks helping a town get back on its feet. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, ft. payne, alabama. >> what a great american comeback story. that's going to do it for us on a tuesday. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc inside the biggest night on tv, the "dancing" and "voice" if ial lease. the juicy premiere of the new "bachelorette." >> jojo is with me for a little kiss and tell. >> now, on "extra." a unicorn, a kilt, and a
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kiss. the new "bachelorette"elorette" head-first into a wild dating pool. >> there's a lot of that. i think people will be very shocked. is aaron rodgers' little brother already the frontrunner? mario's grilling jojo. >> okay, let's try. tracy is with "dancing's" final three. did nyle just seal the deal? >> this week, you moved me tears. and christina aguilera poised to win the first one for the girls on "the voice." >> it could be it. no pressure. he said gwen saved his life.hen- >> she pulled me out of a hole. couples news. scandal. kelly osbourne blasts ozzy's rumored mistress with a shocking tweet. >> she can do what she can do, she's an adult. then, more of mario's exclusive video inside eva longoria's wedding, and the first photo from their honeym n honeymoon. plus, johnny depp on